My friend, Asa, age 21, was diagnosed with Non-Seminoma Germ Cell Testicular Cancer in October, 2017. The tumor, almost three inches in size, was removed along with his testicle a few days later. The pathology revealed a mixed cell tumor with four types of cancer, one being very aggressive, which means it could spread to other parts of his body. The doctors have stated there is a 20% chance of that cancer being in his lymph nodes.
He was given three options:
1. Chemotherapy, one round of it.
2. Surgically remove abdominal lymph nodes to biopsy.
3. Surveillance (doing various scans and tests every few months to know if there is any spread of the cancer).
Asa chose not to "nuke" his body with chemo, nor to have invasive, risky surgery. He chose surveillance, but he doesn't want to sit around and wait to find out if the cancer will grow somewhere else. His other testicle is at risk and he would like to have the option of fathering children someday. Having chemo would greatly increase the chance of being sterile in the remaining testicle as well as many other possible life-long side effects. The surgery had a list of profound risks as well.
After Asa and his mom extensively researched all his options, he decided to be pro-active and seek natural therapies that would help his body fight cancer on its own while preserving the integrity of the rest of his cells and systems. He sought the help of doctors who would investigate the condition of the inside of his body and recommend a plan of treatment accordingly.
Fifteen days after the tumor was removed, one of the doctors did a certain scan that revealed there are still embryoma cancer cells in Asa's body. He is now on a treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes to promote healthy cells, balance his hormones and strengthen his immune system. His goal is to accomplish this before a new tumor grows in his other testicle, lymph nodes or lungs (most common places for this type of cancer to spread). He wants to give his immune system the chance to accomplish the work God created it to do by giving it the best help that he can and relying on the God of heaven and earth to do the rest!
Like a lot of us nowadays, money doesn't stretch far enough month to month, and a diagnosis of this magnitude can literally drain us. I am asking if any of you are able, would you please consider helping my friend, Asa, with a donation? Your donation will be used to help him pay for his present treatments (which are bi-weekly and will eventually go to once monthly, if test results are favorable), doctor visits, any newly recommended treatments, and to help with the co-pays and deductibles for his routine tests every few months.
He will be re-scanned in one to two months from now and at regular intervals to determine if the cells are still present. At that time, he will either maintain present treatments, change or increase them. He will continue the treatments if he is able to afford them.
He will be under cancer surveillance for the next five years, so he will be doing some therapies long term, according to the time frame and intervals his doctors recommend.
Asa is a wonderful, big-hearted young man. He loves God and strives to put Him first in his daily life. He has a love of music, both composing and playing. He likes cars, hunting, the outdoors and is employed as a welder.
He, his family and I will keep you posted with updates on how he is doing. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Each of us would like to thank each and every one of you who can help him in any way with financial support and/or prayer support!
- Jason Szabo Dyck
- Lea Ann Hirth
- Victoria Curry-Stano
Paula Fisher Harden